Scientific Research Abby Knight, Class 5, Due date: May 16, genus: Canis

Characteristics of Life

Responds to Stimuli:

Animal responds to outside forces

Wolf chasing prey that they can smell
Wolves Respond to Moose

Arik Kershenbaum studied wolf communication. He said, "I think we can shed a lot of light on early evolution of our own use of language by studying the vocalisation of animals that are socially and behaviourally similar to us, if not necessarily taxonomically closely related." Erik used his study of animals, specifically the wolf, to also study humans.


Animals have the ability to make offspring either sexually or asexually.

Mother wolf with baby wolves
Shows the increase in population (reproduction) of Red Wolves.

Current Event: Recently six Red Wolf pups (Red Wolves are endangered) were born at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. Sadly, one of the males was found to have paler mucus membranes and died shortly after birth. One of the female pups has a foot abrasion and is being treated. The other four are healthy and doing well.

Adapt to Environment:

Animals are able to adapt to their surrounding. These adaptations need to be able to be passed down to future generations.

This picture shows some examples of wolf adaptations.
Wolf Adaptation Diagram

Doug Smith is the wildlife biologist in charge of the Yellowstone Wolf Project. He has devoted his studies to studying wolf gene exchange. Smith has analyzed that there doesn't seem to be much gene exchange going on. He also said that there is still high diversity in wolf genes between the populations.

Grow and Develop:

Growth of animals is the increase in their size and mass. The development of animals is when they become more mature and advanced.

Part of the growth and development of animals is being able to take their first steps.

Help! Some wolves are becoming extinct and if we keep destroying their environments then they will no longer be able to live, grow, and develop. It is important for wolves to grow and develop to protect themselves and get food when they're older. Please help by being cautious about not polluting or littering.

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